Angolan president Dos Santos visits Litunga, supports Barotseland

Angolan president Dos Santos visits Litunga, supports Barotseland

José_Eduardo_dos_Santos_2Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos has become the second Head of State within the SADC region to meet the Litunga of Barotseland within a space of two weeks.

And the Litunga told Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Panji Kaunda who was in the region to launch the mobile issuance of National Registration Cards that his people did not need Zambian National Registration Cards and further explained that he had no powers to reverse what was decided by the Barotseland National Council of 2012 which resolved to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

A well placed source linked to the Barotseland freedom struggle has told ZWD that President Dos Santos met the Litunga at Limulunga Palace on Saturday 5th September in the evening.

‘Well, the talks were centred on Barotseland’s independence but President Dos Santos mainly wanted clarification on reports that the Litunga was failing to support his people,’ said the source.

Barotseland had a long relationship with Angola way before Zambia attained independence and received thousands of Angolans who were running away from mistreatment at the hands of Portuguese colonialists.

Angola was one of the countries that attended the Barotseland National Council of 27th March 2012 that declared independence from Zambia.

And the Litunga told Zambia’s Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Panji Kaunda who was in the region to launch the mobile issuance of National Registration Cards that his people did not need Zambian National Registration Cards and further explained that he had no powers to reverse what was decided by the Barotseland National Council of 2012 which resolved to accept Zambia’s abrogation of the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.

The Litunga told Panji Kaunda that he alone could not change anything because he acts on what the people have agreed in liaison with their district chiefs.

Meanwhile Zambian Vice President Inonge Wina’s tour of districts in Barotseland suffered a setback after she received a negative welcome in Nalolo from the traditional leaders.

Wina was reminded by Chief Mbuyu in Nalolo that her husband Aurthur Wina was one of the people who worked with former President Kenneth Kaunda to betray Barotseland.

Wina was in the region to prepare for President Edgar Lungu’s planned visit to the region but the President may not go there because of resistance to Lungu’s plan to force a new agreement on the people so that the Barotseland case is withdrawn from all international bodies that have taken it up.

 

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